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Drawing on both theory and major case studies, this book provides a much-needed sociological and comparative analysis of the world of the manager in the context of misconduct within business organizations. Organizational misbehaviour and crime have been relatively neglected in the social sciences, particularly in business studies. Analyses have tended to be fragmentary, overly slanted towards narrow external views - such as those of legal control and public policy - and predominantly North American. Dirty Business rectifies this by offering a broad sociological perspective related to work, organizations and management, supported by a range of key international case studies. In developing his arguments, Maurice Punch

White-Collar Crime and Organizational Deviance: Consequences and Control
White-collar crime and organizational deviance: Consequences and control
Literature and Concepts

Virtually everyone writing on the subject of white-collar and corporate crime commences with the obligatory and repetitive observation that there is a lamentable paucity of substantial work in this area. By this people mean not so much that little has been written (cf. Coleman, 1989: Croall, 1992), but rather that there has not been a great deal of conceptual and theoretical work, while the concept of ‘white-collar crime’ defies delimitation in a way that might create a coherent sub-field within Sociology or Criminology. Margolis (1979: 403) wrote of the ‘immaturity’ of theory in the field which had ‘not developed much since Sutherland’; and a decade later Clarke (1990: ...

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